Flavia the Heretic Reviews
January 30, 2011
Italian Nunsploitation drama set in Medieval Southern Italy during the Islamic invasion. A little unfair to label this a nunsploitation film to be honest, it's better than that and is quite well made. Of course there's a bit of sex, nudity and torture but it's relevant to the story which is allegedly based on true events. The actress that plays the rebel nun is quite good and the film has an authentic look. It's not great, a little slow at times, but worth a look. Be warned - there's a horse castration scene! Painful!
July 26, 2012
Borderline nunsploitation historical drama that was far better in terms of story, acting and production values than I would have expected. Sure, there's some nudity thrown in to keep things interesting, and the violence can get pretty bloody at times, but in the main it's about a medieval feminist, the power of the church, and the use of religion in general as grounds for men to kill one another. Interesting enough to warrant a viewing. Based, probably quite loosely, on real events but by no means a documentary. Florinda Bolkan turns in a strong and icy performance in the lead role.
February 9, 2008
All anyone ever talks about regarding this film are the violent scenes, but there's a lot more going on than that in Flavia the Heretic. Flavia is strongly anchored by the always amazing Florinda Bolkan in the titular role. I've seen her in many films and she has yet to disappoint. Truly an undervalued performer. Here she essays the role of a 16th century cloistered nun whose liberation from Catholic dogma leads her away from her pacifist Jewish admirer and onto the blood-caked role of heretical Muslim warrior. The score by Nicolo Piovani (who, years later won Best Score Oscar for Life is Beautiful, but the Flavia score is far superior). is sublime, and for years, it's been rumoured that Piovani was a pseudonym for Ennio Morricone, but that seems to have been debunked recently. Ironic, as Flavia's score reminds me of Morricone's stellar work on The Great Silence. Both scores have deeply melancholy recurring melodies that underlie the tragic fates of their eponymous outsider protaganists. And, just to address the curious gorehounds - yes, there are very graphic scenes, and the ending above all is indeed truly painful to watch. Very gruesome - and sad, as Florinda plays it. As far as "nunsploitation" goes, this certainly doesn't hit the heights of The Devils or even my beloved Alucarda, but it's still a gem of the genre, and a great movie on its own terms as well.
|Raiyan Mahmood M||
October 1, 2011
one of the best nunsploitation movies. .
August 2, 2009
A Great Piece of Exploitation about a Nun who lives in a Monastery in Italy where the Monks tortures the Nuns she hates that Men and that she must wear a Haze and betray them to the Marmeluks and get the Wife of the Markmeluk Prince who takes her in his Homeland where she must reconice that the Men there treat their Woman as bad as the Christians and that she must wear a bigger Haze now at the End the Prince had enough of her and bring her back to Italy where the Monks skin her for her Betray